Leitrim Football, Hurling & Ladies, Sligo Rovers, Longford Town, Muireann Devaney & Hannah Johnston – Sports Preview: Episode 186

It’s a full house on the Leitrim sporting front this weekend with Leitrim Footballers, Hurlers and Ladies Footballers in action, we’re talking to a member of each squad as well as previewing the SSE Airtricity League as well as featuring some of our up and coming international athletes.

Breifne will be previewing the soccer action with both Sligo Rovers first home game against St. Patrick’s Athletic and Longford Town starting their season against Shamrock Rovers at home on Saturday.

Donal Wrynn who’s relishing his return to the Leitrim footballers ranks looks back at the opening three games in Division 3 of the Football League and the upbeat mood in the camp ahead of the arrival of fellow relegation candidates Offaly on Sunday in what looks like a must win game.

Leitrim Hurler Liam Moreton joined Breifne to chat about the victory over Cavan last weekend despite the last minute changes to the venue and time and the hopes ahead of this weekend’s visit to Sligo on Sunday afternoon.

Karen Connolly takes about the earlier start for the Leitrim Ladies this seasons and they have stepped up by taking Division 4 by storm with two very straight forward victories over Antrim and Derry so far. Louth should prove a tougher test in the National League on Sunday afternoon in Cooley in the wee county. She’s talking about competition for places, increased firepower and driving the distances involved in intercounty sport.

Breifne previews the local SSE Airtricity League with Sligo Rovers at home in The Showgrounds for the first time this season while Longford Town start their campaign with the visit of Shamrock Rovers ‘B’ in the First Division.

The Bit O’Red’s Chief Executive Officer Colin Feehily joins Breifne to discuss developments in Sligo including the addition of a stronger Leitrim connection with Avantcard now across the jersey as the main sponsor for the 2012 league champions. He’s talking about other new arrivals and the emergence of Leitrim Village’s Niall Morahan as a mainstay in the first team squad.

Longford Town manager Daire Doyle outlines how his charges will be hoping to get on in the First Division campaign as they target a title challenge after attracting some big names including the division’s top scorer Rob Manley from Cabinteely for the season ahead.

He’s talking about the recent issues with the withdrawal of Limerick, the inclusion of Shamrock Rovers Reserves and the fixtures debacle.

In the same month as she lifted a Connacht gaelic football title with her school, St. Clares Comprehensive, and made her senior intercounty debut against Antrim, Muireann Devaney gives us a look inside the Women’s Under 17 International Soccer squad after her starring role with the side in Waterford with two drawn games against Iceland last weekend.

Not to be outdone her club and school team mate Hannah Johnston is also making waves in green with a call up to the Irish U18 Rugby squad for their tour in Scotland this weekend. We find out all about her experience of the development of the game locally, across the province and how she keeps all the balls in the air balancing both codes.

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